Senate Bill No. 554
(By Senators Kessler, Bowman and Plymale)
[Introduced March 12, 2009; referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §15-12-2c, relating
to requiring sex offenders to pay a fee which is to be
deposited into the State Police Retirement Fund.
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §15-12-2c, to read as
ARTICLE 12. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT.
§15-12-2c. Registration fees and penalty for failing to pay.
(a) A person who is required to register under this article is
to pay at the time of registration, or a change of registration,
with the West Virginia State Police as required under this article,
a fee of $25. If at the time of registration, the person who is
required to register is unable to pay the fee, the State Police may allow the person sixty calendar days to pay the fee. Fees
collected pursuant to this section are deposited into the West
Virginia State Police Retirement System and are in addition to
employer percent-of-payroll contribution.
(b) Any person who fails to pay the required fee under this
section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction shall be
confined in jail for not more than ten days or fined not more than
$100 or both. In addition to, in lieu of the punishment prescribed
herein, the court may require the person found guilty of such
misdemeanor to participate in the litter control program.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require registered sex
offenders to pay a fee which will be deposited in the West Virginia
State Police Retirement System.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would